From Kate McCabe
Posted February 17, 2005 at 10:33 PM
Could anyone advise me on the best "factory" made violins? I've got a Stentor at the moment but the E sounds horrible (always sounds out of tune and screechy even after changing to better strings) and the D has a funny kind of blur/buzz. I can't afford a handmade so I'd really appreciate it if anyone could offer advice on what's proven the best for them?
Some places (e.g., Eastman) have lines that come from the same facility. Some don't (e.g., Stringworks).
Perhaps better to indicate what instrument labels are available to you and ask for strengths and weaknesses in general of those instruments. Understanding that individual instruments vary.
Here is the link to that article: http://www.stringsmagazine.com/issues/Strings96/coverstory.html.
I hope this helps! The scope of their review looks quite comprehensive.
Keith - thanks for the article!
Clare - haven't had the soundpost adjusted. Would have to find out if there's anyone in my area who would be able to do that for me - but thanks for the advice!
Liz - have a bottom of the range stentor - Stentor student 1. My budget would probably be between R2000 and R3000... which (I think) works out to between $300 and $500. So it's not much... :o(
N.A. Mohr - thanks - do you maybe have a site where I can look at Shen's line?
Stephen - thanks! - will see if any music shops around stock any of the names you listed and whether I can play them without buying.
again- thank you all very much!
Stentor 1 is indeed rockbottom!
To get the best value for your money, unless South Africa is full of good violin shops which sell at reasonable prices, you are going to need to buy online.
For the price you mention we could supply you with something that will be vastly better than the Stentor, and with the present state of the dollar you would probably do even better buying from the US.
Steve may be able to fix you up, but if he can't, my very strong advice is to go here:
and get a Gems 2. Get it fitted with dominant strings and (assuming you want them) four adjusters. Then get a decent bow from somewhere else, I'd go for a Glasser 2000x if it were me.
You will have to pay any local sales taxes and customs so allow room for that within your budget.
thanks - I'd kind of figured that I'd probably have to buy online to get something decent at a price I can manage!
am looking around on violinslover now - thanks!
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